Police Watch: Man arrested for choking woman, Guitar theft in Union Square

MAN NABBED FOR CHOKING VICTIM ON WEST 25TH

Police arrested a 32-year-old man for obstruction of breath and assault in front of 109 West 25th Street on Saturday, February 22 at 12:30 a.m. The victim told police that he got into an argument with the suspect and was attempting to walk away. He said that he told the suspect to leave him alone and the suspect then grabbed the victim by the neck, causing pain and redness to the area. The suspect then punched the victim in the face multiple times, causing pain.

MAN ARRESTED FOR GUITAR THEFT, MULTIPLE TJ MAXX THEFTS

Police arrested a 45-year-old man for a theft from the TJ Maxx at 620 Sixth Avenue that took place earlier this year. Police said that on February 21 around 5:30 p.m., the suspect and two other people who haven’t been arrested entered the store and proceeded to use an unknown object to break open a glass case that contained purses and other items. The suspects then began to grab the items inside the case and put them in a bag before leaving without paying for the items. The suspect was arrested inside the 13th precinct on Sunday, March 8 at 11:45 a.m. and was charged with grand larceny.

Police said that the suspect also took a Givenchi purse from the store on February 11 around 7:15 p.m.

The suspect, along with two other men who weren’t arrested, also reportedly stole from the Guitar Center at 25 West 14th Street on February 12 around 2 p.m. Police said that while the man who was arrested distracted a store employee, the two other suspects grabbed a Taylor custom 12-string guitar with brown wood and ocean vine inlay.

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Second suspect arrested for 2019 robbery in Asser Levy Park

The suspect arrested last week was captured on surveillance footage at a nearby 7-Eleven shortly after the robbery.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have arrested a second suspect who was wanted for a robbery that took place in Asser Levy Park in the pre-dawn hours of a late September morning last year. In addition to hitting the victim multiple times and stabbing him in the head, police said that the suspect who was arrested last week also forced the victim to remove his clothes and put on a dress.

The 25-year-old man was arrested for the September 30 robbery on Monday, February 24 inside the 13th precinct.

The victim, a 47-year-old Bronx resident, told police that he was walking near the park on East 23rd Street and Avenue C around 4 a.m. when the previously-arrested suspect, a 24-year-old man, grabbed him and pulled him behind the park. The victim said that the two suspects menaced him with a knife before taking his wallet and phone.

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Man arrested for robbery near Union Square

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a 49-year-old man for shoplifting and injuring employees that tried to stop him at the Garden of Eden on East 14th Street near Union Square last week.

An employee at the store, located at 7 East 14th Street, told police that on Thursday, February 20 around 9 p.m., the suspect removed items from the shelves and attempted to leave without paying.

When multiple employees then confronted him, the suspect reportedly said, “I will cut you,” and reached into his jacket pocket. The victim suffered a minor cut to his left hand and a bruise on his left cheek while attempting to stop the suspect. The suspect was arrested in front of the store and had been charged with robbery.

Charges are still pending against the suspect in multiple additional cases related to incidents that took place last year. The man reportedly harassed customers inside a Sprint store in Union Square, exposing himself and groping other customers that were inside.

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Police Watch: Woman arrested for package theft, Theft at Waterside Gristedes

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR STUY TOWN PACKAGE THEFT
Police arrested a 39-year-old woman on Wednesday, February 19 at 10 a.m. for a theft that occurred in 2019. Police said that the woman was seen on video removing packages from 620 East 20th Street on December 2. The woman was charged with grand larceny inside the 13th precinct. 

MAN NABBED FOR THEFT IN WATERSIDE PLAZA GRISTEDES
Police arrested a 19-year-old man for a theft from the Gristedes at 25 Waterside Plaza on Monday, February 17 at 9:43 p.m. A witness told police that the suspect, who was an employee at the store, removed items without permission and left without paying. The suspect was charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.

MEN BUSTED FOR SEPHORA THEFTS, ROBBERY
Police arrested an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old man for thefts from the Sephora at 119 Fifth Avenue on Friday, February 21 at 2:56 p.m. Officers said that they were investigating a grand larceny pattern in Sephora stores throughout the city when a group of 10 individuals were spotted casing the Sephora at 45 East 17th Street, then left and headed north on Broadway and west on East 19th Street, where they cased the location on Fifth Avenue. Police said that three of the individuals then entered the location and took merchandise without paying. Plainclothes officers then followed them, and after a brief chase, two of the suspects were arrested and the property was recovered.

The 18-year-old was charged with possession of stolen property and the 20-year-old was charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana.

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Police Watch: Girl arrested for sexual misconduct, Paramedic assaulted

GIRL ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AT GOOD SHEPHERD

Police arrested a teenage girl for sexual misconduct inside Good Shepherd Services at 337 East 17th Street on Tuesday, February 11 at 10:33 p.m. The victim told police that while playing a game of truth or dare, the suspect said, “I haven’t eaten anyone out in a while.” The victim said that she no longer wanted to play but as she was walking away, the suspect pulled the victim’s pants down and started performing oral sex on her without her consent.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING PARAMEDIC

Police arrested a 39-year-old man for assaulting a paramedic at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 29th Street on Tuesday, February 11 at 12:09 p.m. Police said that the paramedic was administering first aid to someone who was unconscious when the suspect punched him multiple times, causing pain and a bruise to his left temple.

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Police Watch: Teens busted for robberies in separate incidents

TEENS BUSTED FOR ROBBERIES

Police arrested two teenagers in the 13th precinct for multiple robberies that took place at the end of last month.

A man was walking to the 1 train from work on January 23 around 1:35 a.m. when he said that six people approached him, tackled him to the ground and took his phone from his pocket. One of the teens was arrested for the robbery on January 31. Police said that three suspects were caught on February 3, 4 and 5, respectively.

Two of the teens arrested for this robbery were also charged in connection with an incident that took place around 2:30 a.m. on the same day, when police said that the two teens assaulted him and removed his cell phone and wallet from his jacket.

TEENS NABBED FOR ROBBERY IN CHELSEA

Police arrested a 19-year-old and another teenager involved in a robbery and fight at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 17th Street on Wednesday, February 5 at 2:32 p.m. Police said that the two suspects who were arrested were working with two other people who weren’t arrested, and the group approached the victim’s and got into an argument that escalated into a fight.

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Teens busted for robbery on First Avenue

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested two teenagers for a robbery that took place on Wednesday, January 8 around 11 p.m. on First Avenue between East 18th and 19th Streets. One of the teens was arrested on Wednesday, January 22 at 8 a.m. inside the 13th precinct, and the second suspect was arrested in the precinct on Friday, January 24 at 9 a.m.

The victim told police that he was walking north on First Avenue when the teenagers approached him and asked if he wanted to fight. Police said that the teens then punched the victim in the face and removed his cell phone and keys before fleeing the scene.

Police did not have further information about whether the robbery took place on the east or west side of First Avenue.

Police Watch: Multiple teens arrested for robberies

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY
Police arrested a teenager for a robbery that took place at a store near 150 East 28th Street on Wednesday, December 4 at 10:44 p.m. Police said that the teen removed candy from the store without permission and when an employee told him he had to pay for the items, he displayed a knife and said, “I will stab you.” The teen fled from the store and was stopped in front of the ACS building on First Avenue after police searched the area with the victim. The victim positively identified the teen as the person who had threatened him in his store.

TEENS ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY IN PARK
Police arrested two teenagers for a robbery that took place in a park near Lexington Avenue and East 28th Street on Sunday, December 8 at 1:16 p.m. The victim told police that he was walking in the park when the two teens approached him. One of the suspects who was wearing a grey sweatshirt came up close to him while the suspect, wearing a blue sweatshirt, pulled out a yellow knife and said, “Give me everything you have or I’ll cut you.” The victim then gave the suspect his cell phone and fled the scene. Shortly after, he searched the area with police officers and identified the teens, and the suspect with a blue sweatshirt was reportedly in possession of a yellow knife when he was arrested.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING
Police arrested a 35-year-old man for intoxicated driving in front of 4 West 21st Street on Sunday, December 8 at 1:57 a.m. Officers said that they were standing on the corner of West 21st Street and Fifth Avenue when the suspect approached them and said that he just crashed into a parked vehicle at a parking garage and wanted to file a report. The officers followed him to the nearby parking garage, where they saw the suspect’s car parked near the entrance with damage to his vehicle and another parked vehicle. An employee at the garage told the officers that he saw the suspect get into the car and drive it into the parked vehicle and the suspect also told the officers that he was the one driving. Police said that the suspect had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, was unsteady on his feet and had bloodshot, watery eyes.

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Police Watch: Men arrested for separate robberies at Albano Playground, Second Ave.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY AT ALBANO PLAYGROUND
Police arrested 27-year-old Francis Kareem for an alleged robbery that took place in Albano Playground at East 29th Street and Second Avenue last month.
A man told police that he left a bar across the street from the playground on September 21 while he was extremely drunk. He said that he had no recollection of what happened after he walked out of the bar but he said that he woke up inside the playground with a bloody nose and realized later that he had been robbed sometime between 4 and 7 a.m., and his keys and wallet were missing.
Francis was arrested for the alleged robbery inside the 13th precinct on Thursday, October 24 at 9 a.m. and was also charged with grand larceny. Police had no further information about what connected Francis to this incident.

MAN NABBED FOR SECOND AVE. ROBBERY
Police arrested 35-year-old Douglas Coward for an alleged robbery in front of 489 Second Avenue on Friday, October 25 at 9:31 p.m. The victim told police that Coward walked up to him and punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head. The victim said that after he fell, Coward went through his pockets and took his property without permission. Shortly after the incident, the victim searched the area with officers and Coward was arrested nearby.

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Girls wanted for East Village, Gramercy robberies

Robbery suspects

The New York City Police Department is asking the public’s assistance identifying two women wanted for questioning in connection to robberies that occurred in the East Village and Gramercy in August.

Police said that on Friday, August 16 around 9 p.m., a 24-year-old female victim was walking in front of 138 East 30th Street, when two girls approached her from behind, removing her cellphone from her hand and punching her face causing swelling and bruising on left eye. The victim started screaming and the suspects then fled on foot westbound on East 30th Street. The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

Around 10:15 p.m. on the same night, a 28-year-old woman told police that she was walking near Third Avenue and East 16th Street when two girls approached her from behind and pushed her on the ground and grabbed her cellphone from her hand. The suspects then fled on foot eastbound on East 16th Street towards Second Avenue. The victim refused medical attention at the scene.

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Robbery, burglary up in 13th precinct

Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman at the recent community council meeting (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Robbery and burglary are up in the neighborhood, Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman reported at the 13th precinct’s monthly Community Council meeting this past Tuesday. Both crimes are up by 50% in the last 28 day period, Hellman said, with a citywide bank robbery pattern contributing to the increase in the number of robberies for the precinct. 

Robberies have been an issue for the precinct for the last few months as well, particularly ones committed by teenagers who live at the Administration for Children’s Services facility on First Avenue just north of Bellevue, but Hellman said that none of the robberies from the last few weeks have been attributed to ACS kids. Three teens have been arrested in the last month for robberies out of 21 incidents, Hellman specified, but none of them live at the ACS facility. 

Hellman said that there are currently three patterns that are affecting the increase in robberies and burglaries for the precinct. One is attributed to a bank robbery pattern in which a man who doesn’t have a weapon passes a note to tellers and demands cash. Hellman said that the pattern is citywide, with four of the incidents occurring in the 13th precinct. 

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Police Watch: Man arrested for Stuy Town burglary, Man arrested for bodega robbery

MAN BUSTED FOR STUY TOWN BURGLARY
Police arrested 22-year-old Joel Torrens for an alleged burglary that occurred inside 315 Avenue C on Sunday, October 6 around noon. Police said that one of the roommates left the apartment and shortly after, another roommate who was still inside heard noises in the apartment hallway. When she went to check what it was, she saw Torrens allegedly standing in the hallway, and he reportedly took credit cards and jewelry from the apartment before fleeing. Police said that Torrens does not live in the building but no further information was available about how he got inside the building or the apartment itself. Torrens was charged inside the 13th precinct on Monday, October 7 at 12:15 p.m.

MAN BUSTED FOR BODEGA ROBBERY
Police arrested 50-year-old Edward Abel for an alleged robbery from a bodega at 315 First Avenue on April 23 at 10:50 p.m. A worker at the bodega said that Abel was throwing things inside the store, striking the victim on the arm, and he allegedly left the bodega with beer that he hadn’t paid for. Abel was ultimately arrested for the robbery on Thursday, October 10 at 8 a.m. inside the 13th precinct.

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Man arrested for robbery at Asser Levy Park

A second suspect, seen here in a nearby 7-Eleven following the robbery, has not yet been arrested.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have arrested a homeless man for a robbery that took place inside Asser Levy Park during the pre-dawn hours of Monday morning.

The 47-year-old victim told police that he was walking near the park on East 23rd Street and Avenue C around 4:15 a.m. on September 30 when a 24-year-old man allegedly grabbed him and pulled him behind the park.

The victim said that the suspect was working with another person, who has not been arrested yet, and the suspect allegedly menaced the victim with a knife before taking his wallet and his phone.

Police said that the suspect and the other suspect also searched the victim further and kept him at the location against his will, then both fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim suffered injuries to his face after the suspect allegedly punched, kicked and pushed him.

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Man busted for Kips Bay robbery outside Peter Cooper Village

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Stuyvesant Town Public Safety helped catch a man wanted for a robbery on Sunday night after the suspect attempted to hide inside a building in Peter Cooper Village, police confirmed this week.

The victim told police that he was standing at the corner of Second Avenue and East 25th Street on Sunday, September 29 around 9:30 p.m. with his bag on the ground near his feet when 23-year-old Mitchell William allegedly reached down and grabbed the bag.

When the victim told William to drop the bag and tried to get it back from him, William allegedly punched him in the face, causing the victim to bleed from his mouth.

Police said that William then fled east and the victim followed him. When the victim confronted William again, police said that the suspect punched him a second time and pushed him to the ground, causing a scrape on the victim’s elbow.

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Teen arrested for Stuy Town robbery charged with previous murder

Suspect David Young

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have arrested 17-year-old David Young in connection with the robbery of a Stuyvesant Town senior on September 16 around 7:40 p.m. in front of her apartment at 430 East 20th Street and have also charged him with a homicide that occurred in the Lower East Side this summer.

Young was charged with robbery inside the 13th precinct on Tuesday, September 24 at 3:30 p.m. and following his arrest, was charged in connection with the homicide, which police said occurred at the Lillian Wald Houses at 20 Avenue D on July 13.

The robbery in Stuyvesant Town occurred in front of 430 East 20th Street on the M level adjacent to Playground 1. Police said that Young and a teenage girl were outside the building when the victim was walking towards the door attempting to get inside. Young reportedly told her that his phone was dead and wanted the victim to help them get inside, and when she said that they needed to call security, one of the teens allegedly said that she wouldn’t help them because they were black.

The victim then turned to walk away from the building and the teens allegedly grabbed her from behind, knocking her to the ground before grabbing her purse and fleeing the scene. The teenage girl, a resident of Good Shepherd Services on East 17th Street, was arrested the following day. Young was caught last Tuesday.

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